Roses not commonly seen in this part of the world showcased at Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance floral display

The Gardens collaborates with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore for the first time to bring a touch of Italy to Rose Romance, and present a line-up of Italian performances and workshops

Rose Romance floral display

More than 70 varieties of roses – some of which are uncommon in Singapore – are showcased in Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance (玫瑰之恋) floral display, which opens today. Some of the unique varieties brought in for first time include Rosa ‘Friedenslicht’, which translates into ‘Light of Peace’ – a rose named for 70 years of peace after World War II, and Rosa ‘Broceliande’, a two-tone rose with flowers that are cherry red and ivory or yellow, inspired by the Arthurian legend of how the wizard Merlin fell for the fairy Viviane.

Rose Romance floral display GBTB

Rose Romance was launched in Flower Dome by Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development Indranee Rajah and Ambassador of Italy to Singapore His Excellency Mario Andrea Vattani. This is the first time that Gardens by the Bay is collaborating with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore to bring a touch of Italy to a floral display. Italy is a country known for beauty and romance, and the rose, which symbolises love and passion, is muchadored by Italians.

Gardens by the Bay Rose Romance floral display

In the floral display, roses in delicate hues of pink, red, orange and yellow grow amidst an Italian inspired landscape, such as the narrow, winding alleyways of its towns, and the rustic, arcadian feel of its countryside. A dreamy representation of Verona’s famous Juliet balcony beckons, for couples to recreate the famous scene between lovers Romeo and Juliet right here in Singapore – after all, the origins of the story is Italian. Adding to the Italian flavour are Vespa scooters that bring to mind the romantic comedy Roman Holiday, and an exhibit of miniaturised paintings by craftsmen from Italian art studio Bottega Tifernate.

Visitors can admire roses of myriad colours, shapes and sizes growing in shrubs, trellises, and on rose arches that took three years to cultivate. To complement the display, the Gardens is also collaborating with local florists to present a special rose-themed floral installation each week.




Ambassador of Italy to Singapore His Excellency Mario Andrea Vattani said, “We are delighted to partner Gardens by the Bay to bring Italian culture to a beautiful setting which is so significant for all Singaporeans, and iconic to the rest of the world. For the first time, the notes of Italian opera will fill Flower Dome, together with the striking natural colours and scents of the Rose Romance floral display. We share the vision of the Gardens as a place to connect with nature and each other, to develop an even stronger relationship between our countries and our people. This is why we look forward to more of such fruitful collaborations in future years, with participation from Italian cities and regions.”

GBTB Rose Romance floral display

Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Horticultural Operations Gary Chua said, “Rose Romance is the fourth of eight floral displays that Gardens by the Bay is bringing back to Flower Dome for our 10th anniversary. In one of the most charming of our floral displays, not only do we bring the idyllic Italian landscape to the tropics, but many of the roses on show are not commonly seen in Singapore too. We hope this will be pleasing to both the local community, as well as to overseas visitors whom we have
been welcoming back.”

Rose Romance floral display Gardens by the Bay

The Italian theme carries on with free opera performances by Italian soprano Marcella di Garbo and baritone Lorenzo Barbieri, who will be specially flying in from Italy in June, as well as workshops conducted by the Italian community such as crepe paper flower making and postcard colouring, for the public to enjoy.

Rose Romance runs till 12 Jun 2022 in Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.


ROSE ROMANCE

Rose Romance floral display GTB

An idyllic Italian summer filled with roses comes to Flower Dome with Rose Romance, held in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore. The floral display celebrates the beauty of the queen of flowers through a plethora of rose varieties in a landscape inspired by Italy, such as the narrow, winding alleyways of Italian towns, and the rustic, arcadian feel of its countryside. In a nod to the Italian origins of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most enduring love stories of all time, there will be a representation of Verona’s famous Juliet balcony, so couples can recreate the famous scene from the play! Also adding to the Italian flavour are Vespa scooters that bring to mind the romantic comedy Roman Holiday, and an exhibit of miniaturised paintings by craftsmen from Italian art studio Bottega Tifernate.

Rose Romance

Date: 13 May to 12 June 2022
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome
Admission Fees: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.

You can get tickets online via Klook.

For more information, visit here.


PROGRAMMES AND DROP-IN ACTIVITIES IN COLLABORATION WITH THE EMBASSY OF ITALY IN SINGAPORE

GET CRAFTY! – POSTCARD COLOURING DROP-IN ACTIVITY BY APICS ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE SINGAPORE

Join us for this complimentary postcard colouring activity!

Date: Saturday, 28 May 2022
Time: 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm (20 minutes per participant)
Venue: Australian Garden, Flower Dome

Details:

  • Activity is free but admission charge to Flower Dome applies
  • Visit here for details

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GET CRAFTY! – FLOWER BOOKMARK DROP-IN ACTIVITY BY COCOART

Customise and make your own flower bookmark with a variety of dried flowers to choose from. Bring home three bookmarks in one session!

Date: Sunday, 29 May
Time: 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm (20 minutes per participant)
Venue: Australian Garden, Flower Dome

Details:

  • $10/pax (Fee includes materials)
  • Visit here for details

GET CRAFTY! – FLOWERS FOR LOVE DROP-IN ACTIVITY BY THE ITALIAN WOMEN’S GROUP

Learn a technique to create beautiful flowers out of crepe paper. Bring home two flowers which can be turned into bracelets, hanging decorations and more!

Date: Saturday, 4 June
Time: 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm (20 minutes per participant)
Venue: Australian Garden, Flower Dome

Details:

  • $10/pax (Fee includes materials)
  • Visit here for details




A WEEKEND AT THE OPERA: AN ITALIAN JOURNEY THROUGH BEAUTY AND ROMANCE

This June, Gardens by the Bay is staging the first-ever opera performance by soprano Marcella di Garbo and baritone Lorenzo Barbieri as they perform a fine selection of Italy’s most beloved art songs. Be carried away by the notes of famous composers such as Puccini and Mozart, played by Maestro Manuel Cini at the piano.

This performance brings together the evergreen beauty of the unique flowers and the notes of the most popular operatic love arias. A unique blend of sounds, scents and sights is set to enchant audiences of all ages.

Date: Saturday, 4 June and Sunday 5 June
Time: 3pm to 3.30pm, 5pm to 5.30pm and 7.30pm to 8pm
Location: Flower Field Hall

Details:

  • Event is free but online registration is required
  • Does not include admission charge to Flower Dome
  • Visit here for details

You can get tickets online via Klook.


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